CHERISHING OLD TRADITIONS


CHERISHING OLD TRADITIONS

EXIF: Canon EOS 60D, Lens: EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Focal length: 35mm, 1/30 sec, f/4.5, ISO 1600

CHERISHING OLD TRADITIONS

This picture is being submitted as part of a 52 week challenge I am following on Facebook, theme ‘Cherish’.

Traditionally ships always used to have a very good library. When joining ship, this used to be the first thing we used to explore when at leisure. Books were exchanged with other ships and seafarer missions in port. Countless nights have been spent besides the bed lamp in our bunks, flipping pages of Alistair McLeans, John Grishams, Lawrence Sanders’ etc.

Sadly technology has overtaken this tradition as well. Now everyone has a Kindle or an iPad. With easy access to internet and the kindle store, there’s little need to maintain libraries on board. Gone are the days when books used to be exchanged with other vessels.

I was surprised to find a well-stocked library in my cabin upon joining this ship. But then she’s 14 years old and was built when no one had heard of Kindle or an iPad. Of all the traditions being lost at sea, this was the one perhaps I cherished the most.

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